Calm at Attendo Årstabergshemmet and really busy at Attendo Unika’s daily activities center
We are at the Attendo Årstabergshemmet nursing home, together with Viveca Ax:son Johnson and Caroline Berg, who are both directors of Nordstjernan, Attendo’s largest shareholder. The visit begins with unit manager Marja-Leena Gestranius offering us coffee and talking about the operations.
Me along with Caroline Berg, Marja-Leena and Viveca Ax:son Johnsson
Attendo Årstabergshemmet was one of Attendo’s first own operations, and opened in 1997. At that time, Attendo had around 200 beds within its own operations – today we have more than 9,200. Attendo Årstabergshemmet is a home for people with dementia, and has 54 apartments. The home focuses on the Outdoor & Garden concept, providing residents with an opportunity to be outside every day, in a pleasant environment.
Marja-Leena has worked at Attendo since 2008 and has extensive experience of working as a care manager. What attracted her to Attendo were our systematic way of working with quality and the perspective of placing our focus on the individual. This commitment is as strong now as ever, and Marja-Leena says that she and her staff are always looking for fresh inspiration to improve their activities, which might include acquiring new knowledge about dementia or adopting new technological solutions at the home that can improve the everyday experience of residents and staff.
It is still quite early in the day, and there is a calm atmosphere was we walk around one of the wings. The accommodation is decorated with a blend of Nordic woods, harmonious floral wallpapers and furniture that give a warm impression. The sun is peeping through and shining on the garden, which is starting to show signs of spring, with yellow daffodils.
Breakfast in the shared area
The daffodils in the garden show that spring is on its way
Our next stop is Attendo Unika, which is a daily activities center on Valhallavägen, right in the middle of central Stockholm. It is really busy here, from start to finish. We are greeted by Lenita Sällström, the unit manager, and Savo, who is dressed as Elvis for the day. Savo is our guide for this visit. We arrive at Unika just as makeup is in progress for today’s dance shows.
Viveca Ax:son Jonsson, Savo ”Elvis”, Lenita Sällström and Caroline Berg, plus Life and Loke, the dogs
Makeup in progress!
Safo shows off the latest hairdo!
Attendo Unika is a daily acttivities centre for people with disabilities, and focuses on artistic activities. Attendo acquired Unika in February 2017. Unika has five locations in Stockholm, and this unit in Vasastan focuses on film production, dance and music. The unit has three founding principles: meaningful and creative activities through productions, life coaching, and “behind the scenes”, which means understanding how production is achieved.
Following our introduction, we get to see a number of the productions that Unika has uploaded to its YouTube channel. These include a dance show and a television interview with Agneta Sjödin. Please visit the link below to watch some of Unika’s productions. They are both professional and very creative! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCby9LKZow7AkxhD0neqz2pw
Lenita was one of the first to start at Unika, and has a burning interest in creating dynamic activities where participants are able to grow at their own pace. She has been involved in developing several of Unika’s concepts, and sees great opportunities to continue to develop the activities now that Unika is part of Attendo.
Lenita also talks about how excited she is to blend creative skills with care skills, within Attendo and Unika. As we leave Unika, the high-energy activities continue and I am struck by how important it is to have a variety of providers to develop health and social care. We are at the Attendo Årstabergshemmet nursing home, together with Viveca Ax:son Johnson and Caroline Berg, who are both directors of Nordstjernan, Attendo’s largest shareholder. The visit begins with unit manager Marja-Leena Gestranius offering us coffee and talking about the operations.